Excursions: Tokyo & Beyond

Upcoming Excursions for May & June 2019

*Led in conjunction with Sandra Isaka of EXCURSIONS JAPAN & Mandy Bartok of Uncover Japan

 

Sandra Isaka

Sandra Isaka has lived in Japan for over 20 years and is an Intercultural Consultant and Japan Travel Specialist.  She plans to retire in Kyoto, her husband’s hometown, where they are currently renovating a 200-year-old machiya.  Sandra explores constantly – with an ultimate goal of becoming the world’s foremost expert on travel within Japan.  She is also focused on assisting lesser-known towns and sightseeing spots around Japan to attract, and take better care of, non-Japanese tourists.  She loves to share her favorite places through lectures, classes, articles and excursions.  Her website is:  excursionsjapan.com

 

 

 

Mandy Bartok

Mandy Bartok arrived in Japan with the intent of staying only one year. Ten years later, she’s lived in Tokyo, Okinawa and Kumamoto and – after a brief stint back in the US – has returned to Tokyo once more. Her goal is to explore all of Japan’s 47 prefectures (only two to go!) and share her finds with others. Mandy’s a huge fan of onsen (hot springs), seasonal flowers and quiet mountain trails, and has a weak spot for anything flavored with the citrus fruit yuzu. She’s written articles on Japan for the travel section of the Japan Times, as well as online sites and publications, and posts favorite discoveries on social media under the name Uncover Japan

 

 

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Thursday, June 20 – Exploring Old Tokyo: Nihonbashi & Ningyocho

*Registration begins on Thursday, May 23rd from 8:30am

Visit the neighborhoods where Tokyo began, from a former doll town to a revitalized shopping district in the heart of old Edo. We’ll explore hidden shrines (both old and renewed), picturesque alleys, Japan’s first coins, fossils, antenna shops and more. 9:00-12:00

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Tuesday, June 11. Hydrangea at Hondo-ji Temple

Escape to nearby Chiba prefecture to visit a historic temple known for its profusion of summer flowers. Enjoy a garden of irises and stunning fields of hydrangeas. Finish off the morning with a delicious Japanese lunch at a nearby restaurant. 9:30-14:00

Program Start Time/Location: 9:20am at Hibiya Station (Chiyoda Line platform)

Program End Time: no later than 1:15pm at Kita-Koganei Station (or 2pm back in the center of Tokyo).

Cost: ¥9000 (8% sales tax included), which includes entrance to the temple grounds, a seasonal lunch, and the services of a cultural specialist.    Cash only.

*Not included:  Transportation to/from the excursion (approx. ¥1100).

Led by: Mandy Bartok, Cultural Specialist

Excursion Details

Minimum of 5 members, maximum of 11.

Ages 20 and older are welcome.

This excursion will be held rain or shine.

A moderate amount of walking is involved, with some slight uphill.

Lunch is included in the excursion and will be a multi-dish course of seasonal specialties.

Registration & Cancellation 

Registration begins: Friday, May 10 from 8:00am

Registration ends:  Friday, May 31, at 5:00pm.

Cancellation deadline: Tuesday, June 4, 5:00pm.

Cancellation Terms & Conditions:  Cancellation within 7 calendar days before the services begin: You will be charged a 100% cancellation fee (no refund).

Excursions are first-come, first-serve. Participants will be notified in a timely matter that their e-mail has been received. Once the maximum is reached, a wait list will be created. Wait listed participants will be notified of cancellations as they occur. Wait listed members will not be penalized for cancellations when they are on the wait list.

Information regarding the exact meeting place, the excursion leader’s phone number, payment information etc. will be included in the confirmation.

To register, please send the following information to Mandy at: excursions@heartlandjapan.com

Full Name / Address / Cell phone number / Date of birth / Gender
E-mail address / Nationality / Emergency contact name & number / Allergies

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Thursday, June 6. City Explorations: Shiodome

*Registration has begun. Spots are available.

Explore Shiodome, a complex filled with 13 majestic skyscrapers that sit on the edge of Tokyo Bay.
Take in the view from a 46th floor observatory, visit two interesting museums, explore the area's
underground 'world', and learn about Shiodome's history, top restaurants, and more!

Program Start Time/Location: 9:30am at Shimbashi Station
Program End Time/Location: Approx. 12:30 at Shimbashi Station
Cost: ¥4500 (includes 8% consumption tax). Does not include coffee/tea break.
Led by: Sandra Isaka, Cultural Specialist

Excursion Details
Minimum of 5 members, maximum of 15.
Ages 18 and older are welcome.
This excursion will run rain or shine.
Minimal walking is involved, and we will be indoors for much of the excursion.

Registration begins: Monday, May 13 at 8:30am
Cancellation deadline: Thursday, May 30, 5:00pm
Registration ends:  Thursday, May 30, 5:00pm

Cancellation Terms & Conditions:  Cancellation within 7 calendar days before the services begin:
You will be charged a 100% cancellation fee (no refund).
Excursions are first-come, first-serve. Participants will be notified in a timely matter that their e-mail has been received. Once the maximum is reached, a wait list will be created. Wait listed participants will be notified of cancellations as they occur. Wait listed members will not be penalized for cancellations when they are on the wait list.
Information regarding the exact meeting place, the excursion leader's phone number, payment information etc. will be included in the confirmation.
To register, please send the following information to Sandy at: excursions@heartlandjapan.com

Name / Address / Cell phone number / Birthdate / Nationality / E-mail address / Emergency contact – name, relationship & phone number / Medical conditions / Allergies &/or special food requirements

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Monday, May 27. Omiya Bonsai Village

*Registration has begun. Spots are available.

This excursion takes us to Saitama Prefecture, just outside Tokyo, to an area known as the Omiya bonsai village. Learn about this centuries-old tree-shaping practice in the Omiya Bonsai Museum, enjoy a light lunch and wander through the neighborhood’s bonsai nurseries. The excursion will officially disband at Omiya Station, so participants may return to the station best suited to them in central Tokyo.


Program Start Time/Location: 9:30 at Shimbashi Station (Ginza Line, Asakusa line, JR lines)

Program End Time: around 2:30pm at Omiya Station (3:15pm in central Tokyo)  

Cost: ¥7500 (8% sales tax included), includes museum admission and small snack    Cash only.

*Not included:  Transportation to/from the excursion (¥1400) and lunch (¥1000-¥1700).

Led by: Mandy Bartok, Cultural Specialist

 

Excursion Details

Minimum of 4 members, maximum of 11.

Ages 16 and older are welcome.

This excursion will be canceled in case of heavy rain.

A lot of walking is involved, on level surfaces.

 

Registration & Cancellation 

Registration begins: Friday, May 10th at 8:00am

Registration ends:  Thursday, May23rd, 5:00pm.

Cancellation deadline: Thursday, May 23rd 5:00pm.

 

Cancellation Terms & Conditions:  Cancellation within 4 calendar days before the services begin: You will be charged a 100% cancellation fee (no refund).

 

Excursions are first-come, first-serve. Participants will be notified in a timely matter that their e-mail has been received. Once the maximum is reached, a wait list will be created. Wait listed participants will be notified of cancellations as they occur. Wait listed members will not be penalized for cancellations when they are on the waitlist.

 

Information regarding the exact meeting place, the excursion leader’s phone number, payment information etc. will be included in the confirmation.

 

To register, please send the following information to Mandy at: excursions@heartlandjapan.com

 

Full Name / Address / Cell phone number / Date of birth / Gender
E-mail address / Nationality / Emergency contact name & number/

Medical conditions, allergies or food preferences

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Wednesday, May 22. Tokyo Neighborhood: Ochanomizu

*Registration has begun. Spots are available.

In this neighborhood walk (tucked next to Akihabara) visit an origami center, a venerable shrine with unique prayer plaques, a beautiful century-old cathedral, and a train station that’s living out a second life as a collection of hip boutique shops.

 

Program Start Time/Location: 9:15 at Suehirocho Station (Ginza Line)

Program End Time: no later than 12:30 at Manseibashi Station (a 5 minute walk from either Akihabara Station – Hibiya line and JR lines – or Kanda Station on the Ginza line).  

Cost: ¥5000 (8% sales tax included), which includes a small snack and drink    Cash only.

*Not included:  Transportation to/from the excursion & optional lunch (¥1500).

Led by: Mandy Bartok, Cultural Specialist

 

Excursion Details

Minimum of 4 members, maximum of 11.

Ages 20 and older are welcome.

This excursion will be canceled in case of rain.

A lot of walking is involved, with some slight uphill.

Lunch is optional.  

Registration & Cancellation 

Registration begins: Friday, April 26 from 8:30am

Registration ends:  Wednesday, May 15, 5:00pm.

Cancellation deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 5:00pm.

Cancellation Terms & Conditions:  Cancellation within 7 calendar days before the services begin: You will be charged a 100% cancellation fee (no refund).

Excursions are first-come, first-serve. Participants will be notified in a timely matter that their e-mail has been received. Once the maximum is reached, a wait list will be created. Wait listed participants will be notified of cancellations as they occur. Wait listed members will not be penalized for cancellations when they are on the wait list.

 Information regarding the exact meeting place, the excursion leader’s phone number, payment information etc. will be included in the confirmation.

 

To register, please send the following information to Mandy at: excursions@heartlandjapan.com

 

Full Name / Address / Cell phone number / Date of birth / Gender
E-mail address / Nationality / Emergency contact name & number / Allergies / Special Food Requirements

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For more information on any of these excursions, or to book one privately for your own group, send an e-mail to: excursions@heartlandjapan.com

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